Everyone is always talking about how important self care is, especially for healthcare workers. But what is self care? What is something you can actually integrate into your daily life to help you feel better more often? It’s more than just bubble baths and massages. It’s about what actually makes you personally feel better. This can be different for everyone, but here are a few truly rejuvenating self care practices that you can start doing now.
1. Take a Nap
Yes this is self care! Nothing will rejuvenate you better like enough sleep. Studies even have shown that people who take daily naps are happier and healthier, even if the nap is only 20 minutes. Nothing helps you feel more energized more than some sleep.
2. Read your Favorite Book
I love getting lost in a good book and nothing helps me forget my own anxieties better. And nothing beats an old favorite, so I tend to pull out my battered copies of Harry Potter when I’m feeling down. Pull out your own favorite book and get lost in it next time real life is filling you with stress.
3. Go Outside
Even if it’s just for a few minutes! Breath in the fresh air and let the sun wash over your face.
4. Eat Something You Love
For me, the ultimate comfort food is mac n’ cheese. Eat something that tastes good, reminds you of something or someone you love, and truly enjoy it. Eat it mindfully, enjoying every bit and let yourself get lost in the taste and the memories it brings up for you.
Journaling can help anyone with anything, I will die on this hill. Most people don’t know where to start and that’s fine. Search for journal prompts, write about your day, write whatever comes into your brain, whatever. Just put your thoughts on paper, get it out so you can truly feel it and allow your body to reset.
Some of this may seem obvious but sometimes you get into a decision fatigue spiral with self care as well! So next time you are needing some rest, try one of these instead of scrolling or watching TV.
Alison Shely is a nurse practitioner, nurse coach, and nurse content writer who specializes in articles, guest blogger, and healthcare worker wellness.
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Sources: 50 State Boards of Nursing, University Websites, U.S. Department of Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ranking Methodology.